Plans revealed for new £30m multi-storey car park in central Milton Keynes

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Plans have been revealed to build a new £30 million multi-storey car park in the centre of Milton Keynes

People are now being invited to have their say on the proposals which will increase the number of parking spaces in central Milton Keynes and which come after car parking was highlighted as the biggest single issue identified by shoppers and retailers in the city centre.

The joint owners, will shortly submit plans to Milton Keynes Council for the new multi-storey car park on the site of the current John Lewis surface level car park in Marlborough Street.

The modern facility will have over 1,400 new car parking spaces. A visitor-friendly pay on departure system will also mean that visitors will no longer have to predict how long they intend to stay for as soon as they arrive, encouraging longer stays.

The proposed location will boost the shopping and leisure core of the city as well as supporting the nearby Cultural Quarter, with its theatre and art gallery.

The joint owners of Centre:mk will finance the £30 million cost from its own resources without relying on any investment from the public purse. The design of the car park will reflect the unique character of central Milton Keynes and the shopping centre’s status as a listed building.

James Waugh, centre director, said the joint owners of Centre:mk had heard the message that the city needed more car parking spaces loud and clear and was delighted to put this proposal to local people.

He said: “If the centre of Milton Keynes is to be reinvigorated, more and better car parking needs to be provided. The shopping centre sits at the heart of Milton Keynes and so we are really pleased to come up with a plan to provide a solution to one of the biggest challenges the city currently faces.

“I am keen for as many people as possible to come along, see the plans and tell us what they think.”

People are invited to view and comment on the plans at a public exhibition on Saturday, April 12, from 10am to 5pm in Centre:mk.